Farm Crew

sh_fi_color_logo_farm_crew_webAlready working on a farm in Nevada County?  Join the Farm Crew cohort for our weekly production skills classes and community connection!   To sign up, please email molly@sierraharvest.org or call (530) 265-2343. 

A handful of classes are now open to the public!  Register here.

 

Hands-on Training, Supported Learning

By applying to Farm Crew you will enter a pool of applicants for Farming and Ranching jobs in Nevada County. Qualified applicants will be passed on to host-farms for final selection.  Once placed, Farm Crew will support and maximize your experience by helping you set and reach goals.  Advanced production skills workshops, field trips, independent study, one-on-one advising and community building round out the experience providing Farm Crew members a positive and successful start in market farming and ranching. All farm placements are with ecologically-minded farms – 80% of which are Certified Organic.

Live, Learn, Farm

Inspired by Rogue Farm Corps, our program utilizes the wealth of knowledge held by local farmers in the Nevada County area.   As a Sierra Harvest Farm Crew member you’ll be employed by a local farm for at least 20 hours per week.  You’ll also spend evening and weekend time attending advanced production skills classes and completing coursework designed to help you meet your personalized learning goals.

Much of the hands-on learning occurs working alongside farm owners and staff.  Through weekly journal entries and regular check-ins you will work with Sierra Harvest to stay on  track to meet your on-farm goals by the end of the season!  An on-farm independent study project broadens the on-farm experience, allowing you to experience the innovation and responsibility key to prosperous farming and ranching.

Learning Community

As a part of Farm Crew, you’ll be a member of a community of aspiring farmers and ranchers working throughout Nevada County.  Together as a cohort, you’ll attend in-depth courses on production skills (many in the field and taught by farmers and ranchers.) Check out the Farm Crew Production Skills Course for the 2017 season!  We’ll also gather as a group for some fun field trips, check-ins and potlucks!  On average we’ll have one class or social gathering per week.

Field and classroom courses will take roughly 5 hours per week with some longer weekend field trips.

View the Farm Crew Production Skills Course syllabus.

Who Can Apply

Anyone looking to gain sustainable farming and ranching experience, excited and willing to spend a season working in the field.

Farm and ranch employees in their first few years interested in joining a community of agricultural learners in advanced production skills coursework.   Existing employees must be employed a minimum of 20 hours per week on a farm in Nevada County.  Tuition for farm employees not recruited by Sierra Harvest:  $600.

How to Apply

Online applications for Farm Crew 2018 will open in the Fall of 2017.  Please check back then and sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date on Sierra Harvest happening.

Program Timeline

Program runs April through November

Tuition

Farm Crew – Full Program: Tuition for applicants placed into a farm job by Sierra Harvest is $1500. 

Farm Crew – Classes & Community: Tuition folks already working on a local farm is $600.

Please ask us about scholarships and payment plans.

 

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